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THE VEGETABLE by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD - Signed First Edition - 1923 - from Mt. Gothic Tomes & Colorado Artifactual and

THE VEGETABLE: Or, from President to Postman


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THE VEGETABLE, or From President to Postman,
by F. Scott Fitzgerald. First edition, 1923, in original dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD to SCOTT TRUEX, leading man in the Atlantic City play. The production ran for one week at Nixon's Apollo Theater and then closed. Ring Lardner and his wife accompanied F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald on opening night. Zelda wrote, "... In brief, the show flopped as flat as one of Aunt Jeminas famous pancakes -- Scott and Truex and Harris were terribly disappointed and so was I as I had already spent the first weeks N.Y. royalty for a dress to wear to the opening night ...." Book was previously owned by Emily O'Neill Davies (Emily Davies Vanderbilt. Emily O'Neill Davies Vanderbilt Thayer Whitfield had many names. Her birth name was Emily O'Neill Davies. She was the daughter of Frederick Martin Davies, a New York banker, broker and noted horseman, who raised his family in a large private house at 20 E. 82nd Street . Her mother, also named Emily O'Neill Davies, was the daughter of Daniel O'Neill, the editor and owner of the Pittsburgh Dispatch. When Daniel O'Neill died in 1877, leaving a fortune valued at $8,000,000, his wife Emma (nee Seely) married his brother, Eugene M. O'Neill, who took over the paper.

Frederick Martin Davies was the cousin of Bradley and Townsend Martin, and best friend of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt. Ironically, Davies died the day before Vanderbilt set sail on the ill-fated Lusitania and lost his life. So it seemed a fitting twist of fate that in a fairy-tale wedding at Grace Church in Manhattan in 1923, Davies' beautiful young daughter Emily would marry Vanderbilt's son, William Henry Vanderbilt III.

The quotation in Fitzgerald's inscription is from the ending of THE VEGETABLE. Ernest Truex was the lead actor in this production; and he, too, signed this book.

Two other copies of this Fitzgerald title, also signed and inscribed in the same purple ink, have been catalogued, both with a similar inscriptions; both books inscribed by Fitzgerald as well as signed by Truex

This book is truly a museum piece!

  • Bookseller: Mt. Gothic Tomes & Colorado Artifactual US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 45
  • Format/binding: Green-cloth, gold-printed spine
  • Book condition: Used
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition; original edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Scribners
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1923
  • Keywords: F. Scott Fitzgerald, inscribed first edition, inscribed F. Scott Fitzgerald


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